Male Menopause

Male Menopause

There comes a time in many men's lives when they are faced by the "Male Menopause", "Andropause". This equivalent of the menopause in the female is often less sudden in onset but can be just as severe in its long-term consequences.

Fatigue, depression, irritability, and reduced libido and potency are the commonest symptoms. Besides lack of sex drive, there is often loss of drive and competitive edge in professional or business life. Physically, there is frequently stiffness and pain in the muscles and joints, and a rapidly falling level of fitness. There may also be signs of the accelerated ageing of the heart and circulation which testosterone deficiency can cause.

Experience has shown that the main causes of the andropause are stress, excess alcohol, overweight,  infections,  lack  of exercise, and

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vasectomy, added to the general effects of ageing ... that there may sometimes be a low absolute level of total testosterone, but more often a relative deficiency of "free active testosterone" due to a range of factors stopping it working effectively - the engine is pushing but the brakes are on!


The purpose of male menopause is to signal the end of First Adulthood and prepare men for Second Adulthood. The initial signs often involve changes in a man's sexuality.


Think of life as climbing a mountain. Somewhere between 40 and 55 most men reach the summit. For most of human history we then went "down hill" rapidly and died. Now, for the first time, we can experience the full human life cycle. We can experience the second half of life.

The Male Menopause Passage involves the trek down the mountain of of First Adulthood and through the valley below. To complete the journey we must let go of the baggage that got us through First Adulthood and develop new passion, power, and purpose to see us through Second Adulthood.

Male menopause, rather than signaling the beginning of the end, actually signals the end of the beginning. It tells us we are finished with First Adulthood and ready to embark on a trek up a new mountain to Second Adulthood.

Male Menopause: The best is yet to come

Some believe that male menopause is the road to oblivion, the end of our sexual power. But for those who have the courage to take that road, male menopause is the passage to the most passionate, productive, and purposeful time of a man's life. It is a time to:

(1) Prepare for Second-Adulthood.

(2) Move from the pressure of sexual performance to the joy of sexual fulfillment.

(3) Focus more on being and less on doing.

(4) Change from having a career based on necessity to a calling based on soul-work.

(5) Relate to other men as friends and allies rather than as competitors.

(6) Lay the foundation for becoming healthy, wealthy, and wise.

(7) Become a mentor to younger men.

(8) Learn to be a respected elder in your community.

(9) End the battle of the sexes and find the intimacy, joy, and passion with your life-partner.

(10) Be a trailblazer for experiencing a life well-lived into your 70s, 80s, 90s, and beyond.

Top Ten Warning Signs of Male Menopause

(1) Taking longer to recover from injuries or illness.

(2) Nervousness and irritability.

(3) Decrease or loss of sexual enjoyment .

(4) Feeling time is running out.

(5) Decreased memory and concentration.

(6) Increased anxiety or fear.

(7) Feeling fat, gaining weight.

(8) Sleep disturbances.

(9) Indecisiveness.

(10) Loss of interest and self-confidence.

Top Ten Life Changes Associated with Male Menopause

(1) Hormone-production levels are dropping.

(2) Sexual vigor is diminishing.

(3) Physical stamina and strength are decreasing.

(4) Children are leaving.

(5) Parents are dying.

(6) Job horizons are narrowing.

(7) Marriages (Sometimes 2nd and 3rd) are breaking up.

(8) Friends are getting sick.

(9) Hopes are being lost.

(10) Dreams are left unsatisfied.